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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks CB Tariq Woolen Named Senior Bowl Defensive Rookie Of The Year

After shining as a prospect in the Senior Bowl, Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen is honored for his play as a rookie.

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Tariq Woolen Named Senior Bowl Defensive Rookie of the Year

In the 2022 NFL Draft, Seattle selected University of Texas-San Antonio cornerback Tariq Woolen in the fifth round, in part thanks to an electrifying week as a Senior Bowl participant. Now, he’s being honored as the 2022 Senior Bowl Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Last offseason, Woolen set himself apart in the Draft class after a record-breaking week in Mobile. After registering the highest MPH (22.45) of any player, the speedy 6-foot-4 corner flashed plenty of potential all week against the best wideouts in the 2022 class.

A rookie season can be a tough adjustment for players, but Woolen's growth and production throughout the season was undeniable. In 17 games, Woolen contributed 63 tackles, six interceptions (tied for first in the NFL), 16 pass deflections (T-4th) & two fumble recoveries.

Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy, a former Seahawks scout, has been a staunch supporter and believer in Woolen’s abilities.

"He really wants to be good. I spent a lot of time with him. I flew to UTSA and personally gave him his invitee as one of the guys we did that with this year," Nagy said last year. "You can see the measurables on paper - 6-foot-3, 210 whatever - and then you get up on this guy, he seems even bigger. This is a huge human being for that position. And he really wants it. He really wants to be great. So I'm excited to see what they can do with them up there."

Nagy's premonitions turned out to be right, as Woolen goes into year two as one of the league's premier ballhawks.

With a great year to build on, optimism is high regarding Woolen's potential.

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